How lucky can a gal get? I’m speaking at RecruitFest! on Thursday (October 7) in Boston and attending HR Southwest in Fort Worth the following week (October 10-13). Two great conferences, two great organizations, two great cities – all focused on providing up to the minute content for the development of HR professionals. That’s 5 conference days in 7. Whew!
First up, RecruitFest! put on my the good folks at Recruiter.com (formerly RecruitingBlogs.com) and Monster. And they’re cooking up something really new and special. Here’s the deal: they’ve collected a group of thought leaders in the Recruiting space to engage in important discussions for the benefit of the attendees. Stars like
- Chris Hoyt
- Tim Dineen
- Gerry Crispin
- Mike Ramer
- Susan Burns
- Joe Gerstandt and others will have conversations that will cover timely topics like
And here’s the really interesting part: there will be audience participation – questions from the live audience, questions from those watching the live stream, and questions from those listening in and participating in the Twitter back channel. Pretty exciting stuff! If you haven’t signed up, click here to attend in person or virtually.
Next up is HR Southwest, the largest SHRM state conference. The organizing team is expecting nearly 2,000 live participants at the Fort Worth Convention Center! That’s big! That also makes HR Southwest second only to the SHRM Annual Conference in the world of SHRM conferences.
I remember in the early ‘90s, when I lived in Dallas and managed the southwest region of a global HR consulting firm, the cornerstone of our marketing plan every year was supporting HR Southwest. I still have pictures (somewhere) of our booth and the team that staffed it. We connected with our customers and showed our support for our friends in the HR profession by supporting this important event. I wouldn’t have dropped this important event from our budget – ever!
The keynote speakers this year look outstanding: Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®; Chad Hymas, world-class wheelchair athlete; and Jon Wee and Owen Morse, otherwise known as The Passing Zone. With more than 110 concurrent sessions and the ability to earn as many as 20.75 recertification credits from the HR Certification Institute, this conference is going to set a new standard for HR conferences.
I’ll be tweeting at HR Southwest, so be sure to follow the #HRSWC10 hashtag and to follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ChinaGorman. See you at the conferences!